Keratoconus is a progressive eye condition characterized by the thinning and bulging of the cornea, resulting in distorted and blurred vision. Good management by eye health professionals can help limit any symptoms. At Stone Canyon Eye Care in St. George, UT, we can fit keratoconus patients with special contacts that can improve health and well-being.

In this article, we’ll introduce you to contact lenses designed for keratoconus and discuss the benefits, including improved vision and enhanced comfort. Whether you’re newly diagnosed or have been living with keratoconus, understanding your contact lens options can significantly improve your quality of life.

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Understanding Keratoconus

Keratoconus is an eye disorder that causes misshaping in the cornea. How light travels through the cornea profoundly influences how clear images are perceived, so any abnormality in the corneal shape can affect visual acuity. Usually, the progression of this condition is slow and mellow. However, for some individuals, the problem can worsen quickly and cause different eye symptoms.

Symptoms of Keratoconus

Keratoconus is an eye condition that affects the cornea, the clear, dome-shaped front surface of the eye. This condition causes the cornea to gradually thin and bulge into a cone shape, leading to various visual disturbances. In the early stages of the condition, you may have blurry vision. Straight lines may look wavy or bent. You may notice increased sensitivity to light and problems with glare.

As the condition worsens, you may have double vision, halos around light, difficulty seeing at night, and frequent vision prescription changes. You may need help getting a comfortable fit with normal contact lenses.

How Is Keratoconus Diagnosed?

Diagnosing keratoconus involves a comprehensive eye examination conducted by an eye care professional, such as an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Early diagnosis is essential for effective management of the condition. Our optometrist can detect signs of keratoconus during an exam and ask several questions about any visual symptoms. Your responses will provide important information for further treatment options.

Treatment for Keratoconus

We can treat mild keratoconus with eyeglasses or special contacts to compensate for the cornea’s irregular shape. As the disease progresses, our eye doctor may recommend corneal collagen cross-linking, which applies riboflavin, followed by light therapy to help stabilize the corneal condition.

Visit Stone Canyon Eye Care for Keratoconus Contacts

Our optometrists and the entire Stone Canyon Eye Care team prioritize St. George, UT, patients. We provide several vision services, including eyeglasses, contact lens fitting, dry eye care, computer vision care, and management of eye diseases. Contact Stone Canyon Eye Care today at (435) 359-2020 for an appointment to learn how custom contacts can help you.